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Ben Urquhart

Now based in Sydney, Ben is a passionate traveller and photographer who lived and worked in Bangkok for nine months. Whilst exploring Sydney, and the rest of the world, he is always on the hunt for the best food, wine, street art, beaches, galleries and shops.

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Cool down this summer at the Crown Metropol with the only real rooftop pool in Melbourne

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 14 November 2014

Summer has almost hit in Melbourne and we have a tip for the best way to stay cool while BEING cool. Crown Metropol is the newest of Crown’s three hotels and, luckily enough for visitors, it is also home to Melbourne’s only sky-high day spa, Isika, situated all the way up on the 27th floor! Yep, that high.

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Architecture of new Remarkables ski base

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By Ben Urquhart in Architecture on Monday 21 July 2014

We recently visited the The Remarkables, a mountain range and skifield just out side of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The mountains were named by the Queenstown settlers, upon seeing it during sunset one evening and named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.

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Ski diving over Lake Wanaka

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

Some say skydivers have a death wish; others call them adrenaline junkies. Lost At E Minor wouldn’t disagree on either count, having witnessed the action up close and personal.

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Skiing at Coronet Peak (Bra Fence)

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

On a recent ski trip to New Zealand we came across a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, the Cardrona Bra Fence. It is believed that The Bra Fence began at some point between Christmas and New Year 1999, when four bras were attached to the wire fence alongside the road.

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Mountain views from spring-fed hot pools in Queenstown

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Monday 14 July 2014

Onsen, Queenstown’s only dedicated hot pool complex, is located at the bottom of Coronet Peak Ski Field – making it an epic place to relax after a long day skiing up the mountain! Guests can even have their own private spring-fed hot pool. The pools sit up high on the cliffs resulting in stunning views […]

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French wines and the Wooing Tree: a tour of New Zealand’s vineyards

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

You say wine, we think France! Until New Zealand came along that is… Now you can get the very best of both with Funky French Cars. The company has been set up to allow visitors to explore the vineyards of the Central Otago region in a classic French car.

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Trekking in The Remarkables wearing shoes fashioned from old seal guts

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

Several animals have evolved oversized feet, enabling them to move more quickly through deep snow. It is this quirk in evolution that has inspired indigenous people around the world to create ‘shoes’ that are much larger than their feet, allowing the wearer to travel over the snow without sinking.

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Pelicano: Peroni’s pop-up bar event in Sydney

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By Ben Urquhart in New Events on Wednesday 5 June 2013

The recent wrap of Sydney’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was an obvious reason to celebrate. Our friends at Peroni partnered with Double Bay-based Pelicano to open a pop-up bar in the middle of the city’s CBD for four days over the event and closed the event with a party on the Friday evening. It looked […]

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Birds of Tokyo in Sydney

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By Ben Urquhart in New Music on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Birds of Tokyo rolled through Sydney last week to showcase their new album March Flies at the Hi-Fi, and we were there to enjoy the Live@HTC performances, thanks to HTC.

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